For most teaching and learning purposes pupils are divided into two parallel (not ability) bands. The pupils in each band are divided into teaching groups, the size of which vary in different subjects, for example, some practical lessons have smaller groups than non-practical lessons.
Organisation of teaching groups within a band varies between different subjects. In some, such as mathematics, pupils are organised in groups according to ability. In other subjects, such as RE, it is felt that mixed ability groups are better. The school believes that each pupil has individual strengths, abilities and aptitudes and this is recognised by all teachers and all departments.
The school has embraced all elements of the Key Stage Three Strategy and a variety of teaching methods are encouraged to cater for the different learning styles of students. These include group work, role play, simulation, investigative and problem solving approaches.
A wide range of technological resources are utilised and information technology is an increasingly significant ingredient in lessons. It is important to note that on occasions classes may be videoed for training purposes within the academy. Also pupils may also be recorded as part of specific lesson activities. These images will be solely for use within the academy.
The intention is to offer the best balance of support and stimulus to ensure success for all.